Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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Yet I had a home, and I once had a sire,
A mother who granted each infant desire.
Our cottage it stood in a wood emhower'd
Where the ring-dove would warble itsj sor-
rowful tale.
But my father and mother were summoned
And they left me to hard-hearted strangers
. a prey;
I fled from their rigour with many a sigh,
And now I'm a poor little Wandering Boy.
The wind it is keen, and the snow loads
the gale,
And no one will hst to my innocent tale;
I'll go to the grave where my parents both
lie, [ing Boy.
And death shall befriend the poor Wander-
(K. White.)
Go to thy rest, my child
Go to thy dreamless bed.
Gentle and undeliled,
With blessings on thy head;
Fresh roses in thy hand.
Buds on thy pillow laid.
Haste from this fearful land,
Where flowers so quickly fade.
Before thy heart might learn
In waywardness to stray.
Before thy foot could turn
The dark and downward way;
Ere sin might wound the breast.
Or sorrow wake the tear,
Rise to thy home of rest,
In yon celestial sphere.
Because thy smile was fair,
Thy lip and eye so bright,
Because thy cradle-care
Was such a fond delight.
Shall Love, with weak embrace.
Thy heavenward flight detain?
No! Angel, seek thy place
Amid yon cherub-train. iSigourney.)
I am fond of amusement in whatever
company it is to be found; and wit, though
dressed in rags, is ever pleasing to me. I
went some days ago to take a walk in
Saint James's Park, about the hour in which
company leave it to go to dinner. There
were but few in the walks, and those who
stayed seemed by their looks rather more
willing to forget that they had an appetite
than gain one. I sat down on one of the
benches, at the other end of which was
seated a man in very shabby clothes.
We continued to groan, to hem, and to
cough, as usual upon such occasions, and
at last ventured upon conversation. 'I beg
pardon, sir,' cried I, 'but I think I have
seen you before; your face is famiflar to
me.' — 'Yes, sir,' repUed he, 'I have a
good familiar face, as my friends tell me.
I am as well known in every town in England
as the dromedary or live crocodile. You
must understand, sir, that I have been these
sixteen years Merry Andrew to a puppet-
show; last Bartholomew fair my master and
I quarrelled, beat each other, and parted;
he to sell his puppets to the pincushion-
makers in Rosemary Lane, and I to starve
in Saint James's Park.'
'I am sorry, sir, that a person of your
appearance should labour under any diffi-
culties.' — '0 sir,' returned he, 'my ap-
pearance is very much at your service; but
though I cannot boast of eating much, yet
there are few that are merrier: if I had
twenty thousand a year, I should be very
merry; and, thank the Fates, though not
worth a groat, I am very merry still. If
I have three-pence in my pocket, I never
refuse to three halfpence; and if I
have no money, I never scorn to be treated
by any that are kind enough to pay my
reckoning. What think you, sir, of a steak
and a tankard? You shall treat me now;
and I will treat you again when I fmd you
in the park in love with eating, and without
money to pay for a dinner.'
As I never refuse a smafl expense for
the sake of a merry companion, we instantly
adjourned to a neighbouring alehouse, and
in a few moments had a frothing tankard,
and a smoking steak spread on the table
before us. It is impossible to express how
much the sight of such good cheer improv-
ed my companion's vivacity. 'I hke this
dinner, sir,' says he, 'for three reasons;
first, because I am naturally fond of beef;
secondly, because I am hungry; and, third-
ly and lastly, because I get it for nothing:
no meat eats so sweet as that for which
we do not pay.'
He therefore now feU to, and his appetite
seemed to correspond with his inclination.
After dinner was over, he observed that
the steak was tough; 'and yet, sir,' returns
he, 'bad as it was, it seemed a rump-steak